History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
As early as 1904, G. Frank Robinson was operating an undertaking parlor from the second floor of his furniture store in Damascus, Virginia. When Mock-Wright bought Mr. Robinson's business in 1912, L. H. Wright became the undertaker. In 1938, Herbert L. Wright purchased the undertaking business from Mock-Wright and soon moved it from the furniture store to a small former hotel across the street.
In 1949, Wright Funeral Home moved into a new two-story brick building that Wright had built for this purpose. The firm is still located there today. Just prior to his retirement in 1972, Wright sold the business to John Mullins, a funeral service licensee originally from Clintwood, Virginia, and the name was changed to Mullins Funeral Home. In October 1977, Mullins sold the firm to Bob Johnson of Coeburn, Virginia, who changed the name to Johnson Funeral Home.
During 1990, the Johnson Funeral Home building was completely remodeled - from new carpet on the floor to new shingles for the roof, new furniture, padding for the chapel pews, and new paint inside and out.
Effective October 1, 2001, Johnson Funeral Home was renamed Garrett Funeral Home. The funeral home was named for Todd Garrett who is the manager there. Richard Tetrick, President of Heritage Family Funeral Services, stated, "Todd stands for the funeral home. Not only is he the licensed funeral director and manager there, he is the symbol of the funeral home in the community. Todd is a 'home-town' boy who has done extremely well in his chosen field. After receiving training, he chose to return to his native community, where his family lives, to pursue his career. We are very pleased and consider it fitting to name the funeral home Garrett Funeral Home."
Our Valued Staff
Todd Garrett, Owner/Manager
Todd, a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Virginia and Tennessee, is the manager of Garrett Funeral Home. Todd is a native of Damascus, Virginia, and attended Holston High School where he was the captain and quarterback of the football team. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated sixth in his class "Cum Laude" in 1992 with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. Todd is a member of the Virginia Institute of Funeral Professionals and is a former president of the Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association. Todd and his wife, Penny, who was homecoming queen of Holston High School, are members of the First Baptist Church and have a son, Nicholas Peyton Garrett, and a daughter, Madison Nicolle Garrett.
Penny Garrett, Administrative Assistant
Penny, a native of Damascus, Virginia and graduate of Holston High School and Emory & Henry College where she received her degree in Business and Accounting. She is a member of the First Baptist Church and is the wife of Todd Garrett. Penny is the cofounder of the Penny F. Garrett Sarcoma Foundation that works to raise money for cancer research through her local town annual event, the Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer, held every year at the end of July. Penny and Todd have two children, Nicholas Peyton Garrett and Madison Nicolle Garrett.
Kenneth Meredith, Funeral Assistant
Kenneth, was born on May 26, 1946 in Marion, Virginia and was raised in Chilhowie, Virginia on the family farm. He graduated from Chilhowie High School in June 1964 and went to work as a bookkeeper and accounting clerk. In June 1966 he went to work for United Inter-Mountain Telephone Company in the accounting department. He received an associate degree in accounting from ETSU and a Bachelor of Bible degree from Tennessee Temple University. Kenneth has been in the ministry for forty-six years and has driven a school bus for twenty-nine years. He has operated a motor coach for Virginia Tech Sports and is currently driving for Premier Transportation, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is living in Damascus, Virginia and is the pastor of the Damascus Methodist Circuit consisting of Wrights Chapel, Laurel Community, and Zion Methodist Churches all in Damascus, Virginia.
Chris Clark, Funeral Attendant
Chris Clark works full time in cemetery maintenance at both Sunset Memorial Park in Damascus, Virginia and also Knollkreg Memorial Park in Abingdon, Virginia. He works part-time as a funeral attendant at Garrett Funeral Home. Chris is married to Kathy and they live in Damascus, Virginia.
Lori B. Huffman, Administrative Assistant
Lori B. Huffman, a native of Damascus, Virginia, graduated from Holston High School in 2005. She then went on to Virginia Highlands Community College where she received an Associates Degree in Business Administration as well as General Studies. Lori furthered her education by graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Wildlife Science where she was secretary for the NMSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society.